The Missouri State University Libraries, in partnership with EBSCO, one of the leading providers of research databases, e-journals, e-books, and discovery services to libraries, has undertaken a major project to upgrade its fundamental information systems.
Because the foundation of this project will be a new open-source software platform called FOLIO (the Future Of Libraries Is Open), and because the MSU Libraries will be one of the first libraries in the world to fully implement FOLIO with EBSCO, the project is being called First FOLIO at Missouri State.
Four information systems will be implemented during the first half of 2020:
- FOLIO: A new, open-source Libraries Services Platform (LSP). The FOLIO platform is extensible, supporting traditional resource management, but focused on the ability to deliver new services. With open source systems, libraries benefit from more choice, more innovative technology, and lower costs.
- EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service): A single search box discovery interface that enables users to search across multiple e-resources and locally digitized content quickly and seamlessly.
- OpenAthens: A standards-based, simple, single sign-on system for managing identity and access.
- E-Resource Management (ERM): A software tool used by library faculty and staff, as well as by content producers and vendors, to manage, assess, and improve e-resource content and services, as well as to control costs.